SWAN VALLEY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - As part of a cooperative effort, travelers along US Highway 26 east of Idaho Falls may see some burning and smoke as a prescribed fire gets underway Tuesday.
The burn is focused on removing wood piles and slash materials, left over from previous fuel reduction projects in the area. Private property owners, Bonneville County, and the Idaho Department of Lands are managing the prescription fires to improve forest health in the Jack Branch and Booth Canyon areas near Palisades Reservoir.
It is part of a multi-year project on private property between Blowout Boat Launch and Indian Creek Road.
The cooperative agreement began in 2015 as part of an effort to protect residences and improve life-safety for firefighters in the event of a wildland fire.